Friday, April 9, 2010

Pregnancy ~ Week 15

These are the facts I received from and from Fit Pregnancy for Week #15...almost 4 months!
  You're 15 weeks pregnant! Your gums may be red and swollen (thanks, hormones), so it's extra-important to take good care of your mouth right now. Brush often, floss gently, and see your dentist if you haven't already. Also, your now-cramped chest and abdomen (baby's growing fast!) might be making you a little short of breath.

  Baby's now the size of a naval orange!

  Continuing the march toward normal proportions, baby's legs now out-measure his arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably can't feel the movements just yet. (

  Between weeks 14 and 18, you can opt to have a Quad Screen or amniocentesis, tests that can detect a neural-tube defect, such as spina bifida, Down syndrome or other genetic disorder. (I won't be doing this!)Discuss these tests with your doctor to help you decide.
  Your baby is about 4 to 4 1/2 inches and about 1 3/4 of an ounce. If you could see your baby's face, you might be able to see her wince and grimace, because her facial muscles are developing and flexing. All of her tiny organs, nerves, and muscles are starting to function. The intestines have moved farther into the baby's body; her liver begins to secrete bile, which will later aid in the digestion of fats; and her pancreas begins to produce insulin, a hormone which turns sugar into energy
  Your womb is now starting to grow up and out of your pelvis, so you may have a neat and noticeable bump below your belly button. Now that you're becoming visibly pregnant, you may also find yourself a topic of discussion. Your milk glands may already be kicking into production. You may sometimes notice what looks like water sitting on the tips of your nipples, or nipple-level wet spots on your sheets when you wake up in the morning. If you need to, put breast pads (or trimmed pantiliners) inside your bra. Your body is practicing making colostrum, a protein-rich fluid that is great for newborns. You may begin to feel Braxton-Hicks contractions, which get your uterus in shape to give birth. These "practice" contractions feel like a tightening in your uterus or abdominal area. You may get them more frequently after exercise. If you have regular contractions (more than four an hour), uncomfortable pelvic pressure, or discharge lots of fluid or mucus, contact your care provider. (

  Mom is doing well. No morning sickness for the last few weeks. The hubs and I have been eating really well this week, though exercise needs to be bumped up. I did notice a little bit of a belly when I put my work pants on last night...but not much of one yet! I'll need some maternity work pants made up and I should be able to post-pone getting maternity clothes for another couple of weeks...we'll see!

  Hubs and I have been discussing things about the birth and during the pregnancy. I know touching the belly is a BIG thing for people, but I'm a very private person and don't really like people touching me. How do you avoid this or tell people you love (friends and family) that you don't want your belly touched? Or should I just suck it in and deal with it? I mean it is my pregnancy??? Please leave comments with your thoughts!

  Give you more of an update next week!

25 Weeks to Go!

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